Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Women’s Team Form Part Of New Road T20 Rapids Double Header

The promotion-clinching Worcestershire Women’s cricket team will take part in T20 double header after the Worcestershire Rapids men’s side at New Road on Sunday.

Skipper Joe Leach’s side will do battle against Notts Outlaws in their final home NatWest T20 Blast match beginning at 2.30pm.

Then the women’s Rapids side will take centre stage in a T20 contest, also against Notts, starting at 6.00pm.

It will be an opportunity to see the side which has just gained promotion to Division One of the ECB T20 League for the first time.

Worcestershire Cricket Board Cricket Development Director, Tom Hill, said: “There have never been more people thinking or talking about Women’s cricket which is testament to the England Women and their World Cup achievement.

“What we are trying to do locally is really capitalise on that. We’ve got history in the making with the first double header T20 with the men’s Rapids playing against Notts Outlaws and then our women’s Rapids teams are playing Notts straight after that fixture.

“The men’s game starts at 2.30 and the women’s game gets underway at 6pm. For people who buys tickets, they can get two games for the price of one really.

“We are encouraging followers and cricket fans to come down and hopefully watch the men carry on their recently found form and support our women after.

“Our women have just sealed promotion to Division One in the T20 competition in the ECB League which is a great achievement.

“It is brilliant, they have done really well in that competition. They play their home matches at Kidderminster at Chester Road. They have done a great job.

“They will now be playing against the likes of Yorkshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex, teams that contain England players and they are looking forward to that for next year.”

Another event to look forward to on Sunday is a women’s softball competition being run on the adjacent King’s School ground.

Tom Hill said: “This is pitched for anyone in teams of six who have not played cricket, not really done much sport, but with a soft ball.

“We’ve had 11 teams enter these competitions before. It is a way of getting them into the game and changing people’s perceptions of women’s cricket in particular.

“It is free of charge to enter, they will get all their kit, they will get T-shirts, cakes on the day, prosecco, and after they have played their game, we are inviting them into the Marquee where we are going to put on some food and drinks and they can watch the women’s game.”

Anyone wanting to participate should contact co-ordinator Tia Webb on tiadaniellewebb@gmail.com